November 10, 2016
“River Gomti has a great history. It was used in the past for trading. Our government is committed to regain its glory.”
~ Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh
Gomti Riverfront Development is a transformational program to clean river Gomti, an alluvial river of Ganga. The river is one of the most important tributaries of Ganga, situated in Uttar Pradesh at an elevation of 185 metres. Gomti river was fast turning into a drain in the reign of previous government, but now the residents can now hope to see a much cleaner and greener riverbank developed on international standards. CM Akhilesh Yadav will inaugurate the first phase of Gomti Riverfront project on November 16.
Re-glorifying the Grace of Gomti
The riverfront beautification includes landscaping, development of parks, ghats, construction of cycling and jogging pathways, creation of children’s play area, lawns, sports, fields, tonga track and deploying boating facility on the river. Jal Nigam and LMC have been asked to ensure that no sewage flows into the river and all the drains need to be tapped and diverted to a sewage treatment plant before flowing into the river. German lightings have been used at Gomti barrage.
The riverfront will feature a green area, with facilities to organize cultural programmes. For the first time in the country, a temporary earthen dam is built across a running river, its normal flow has been diverted through a channel. The barrage gates get open and the river is successfully cleaned with the use of modern machines. To execute the vision of CM Akhilesh Yadav into reality, the Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Uttar Pradesh prepared the project in record time of one month.
Analysing the impact on Environment
Remote Sensing Technology and Computer Modelling Techniques would be employed to analyse the environmental impact of the project when it is completed. The riverfront will draw inspiration from international projects of Tokyo, wetland area near Putrajaya Lake in Malaysia, Danube river in Vienna and Olympic Park on Thames (London).
Bird’s Eye View of the City
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wants Lucknow to have a giant wheel like the London’s Eye on the banks of Thames river, which would provide a bird’s eye view of the city. The idea of giant wheel in Lucknow has recently been incorporated and a landscape architect would prepare the layout plan of landscaping on both sides of the river. The maximum area of the riverfront would be developed as green, and will include development of pathways, cycle tracks and landscaping.
Uttar Hamara appreciates the works of our environmentalist CM and looks forward for this beautiful project to complete!